ROCHY RECOILS IN FACE OF BLU

COP THAT — BLU’s James McPhee smashes the ball over square leg for four as his side raced to a solid win over Rochester at the week­end.

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By AN­DREW JOHN­STON

THINGS can change pretty quickly in the sphere of cricket.

A week ago, Rochester Cricket Club had their big­gest win to date when they knocked off Kyabram Fire Bri­gade.

A week later, they were on the los­ing end of a clash with Ba­mawmLock­ing­ton United.

And the loss sees Rochester lan­guish­ing out­side the top four.

On the other side of the equa­tion, BLU is sitting pretty in third place as they en­ter the first block of two-day games.

BLU had the ad­van­tage from the get go, send­ing Rochester in.

While the Tigers were able to hang around for most of their al­lot­ted overs, they were never re­ally able to get go­ing with the bat due to some tight bowl­ing and de­fence from BLU.

Jeremy Felm­ing­ham was the pick of the bowlers with five wick­ets; go­ing at just over four runs an over for his nine.

But it was Luke Deep­rose and Greg Pearse who may have had the big­gest im­pact on slow­ing the game down, with the two con­ced­ing just 22 runs from their com­bined 16 overs.

No player seemed to be able to get go­ing for Rochester, with cap­tain Tim Bubb the top scorer on 26.

Rochester fi­nally dragged them­selves to 104 – all out off 42.4 overs and clearly an up­hill bat­tle to turn that into a win­ning score.

And it proved fu­tile as BLU quickly ran the to­tal down.

Some early wick­ets did pro­vide some hope for Rochester; Deep­rose de­part­ing for a duck with the team on three, and a sec­ond wicket leav­ing them at 2/19.

But those early strikes would do lit­tle to stop BLU.

A half cen­tury for Greg Pearse (he fin­ished the game 52 not out) and sup­port from cap­tain James McPhee would see BLU across the line in the 26th over.

The re­sult has a ma­jor im­pact on both sides go­ing for­ward.

BLU’s 5-2 record is enough to an­chor them near the top of the lad­der while Rochester has found them­selves in an un­fa­mil­iar po­si­tion for the town and team – back with the bat­tlers.

Deep­rose said there has been an at­ti­tude change within the club that has been piv­otal in resur­gence this sea­son.

“I think in the past we have been a mid­dle of the league club, so we prob­a­bly have been a bit de­fen­sive in the way we play,” he said.

“At the mo­ment, though, there is a level of con­fi­dence that we are a re­ally strong side, and we are prob­a­bly play­ing a more at­tack­ing brand of cricket be­cause we think we know what we are ca­pa­ble of, and we want to get those results.

“We know we can set our sea­son up re­ally well with our form in the front half of the sea­son, and we will look to con­tinue that go­ing for­ward.” the team’s

Photo:BRUCE POVEY

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